Andrew McDermott: Andrew played junior cricket and football for Liversedge from the age of nine and was part of the Under 17 cricket team that won the league title. After hanging up his pads, he has also been first XI scorer and a member of the bar staff. He now has a son in the Under 13s and a daughter in the Under 9s. He is a sports journalist for the Press Association and lives in Norristhorpe with wife Natalie and his children.
Chris Taylor: Chris has been involved with LCC for about 6 years, since bringing his youngest son (now in U13) to U9 coaching aged 6. He’s never played in a serious or even a comedy, cricket team, but has had a long career playing with his kids on the beach! He lives near Heckmondwike, is married to Katharine, and writes software.
Coaching and matches
By U13 level cricket is getting more serious, with some of the better players getting involved with league and even district teams. We expect high levels of discipline and hard work at U13 – but we also make sure juniors enjoy training by using lots of competitive exercises. It’s amazing how much a little friendly rivalry will help get the best out of the kids! Training is done with a mixture of net practice with both bat and ball, fielding training and general fitness exercises.
At U13 level kids generally specialise in one of the two main bowling techniques, and those with particular skills with the bat or keeping wicket are also coming to the fore. As kids have generally been playing cricket for a number of years by this point we would expect them to have a full set of kit. This is also the point where an investment in a good quality bat makes a lot of sense.
Matches are held on Wednesday evenings, usually starting about 6:30pm – except for early in the seasons (before the last week in May generally) when the start time is 6pm. We treat U13 matches seriously, as we aim to compete up there with the best teams in the league. It’s not unusual for kids at U13 level who show talent at cricket to also play U15 matches, and this is an excellent way to quickly “level up”. At the club we’re also on the lookout for future adult team squad members, and at U13 we can start to see this level of skill develop.